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Pumpkin Bisque

I’m posting this for a Thanksgiving recipe idea, however, this is obviously a great choice anytime you want a delicious soup.  Although I love traditional Thanksgiving foods, I find that throwing in a few lower calorie, lighter and different items keeps it interesting.  This soup is super light but full of taste.  It makes a perfect beginning to the perfect holiday meal.

This soup is so easy to make you can blend it up before dinner and serve as a first course to your big day.  If you have a Vitamix or Blendtec high powered blender the whole recipe is done in 2 easy steps.  Enjoy it very spicy (add a bit of hot pepper flakes) or mildly spicy (skip the red pepper). Try garnishing with a dab of coconut yogurt or pumpkin seeds.

Keep in mind that this is not a rich soup. My soups are designed to be appetizers or snacks not meals. You could make this richer by using full fat coconut milk and add some protein to it and have a full meal but this is intended as a low calorie appetizer. Soup before a meal will help fill you up so you eat less during the meal.

This soup is dairy, gluten and grain free.  Those of you doing BodyDesign’s Two-Week Detox Plan will find it fits in perfectly.  Enjoy and I would love to hear from you to see how you liked it.

Pumpkin Bisque

1 tsp. coconut oil
1 cup sweet onion, diced
2 cups unsalted vegetable broth
1 can or 2 cups pumpkin
1 packet stevia (or 3 T sugar which will increase carb and sugar content in the recipe)
1 1/2 tsp curry
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8-1/4 tsp ground red pepper (optional for a very spicy bisque)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cashew, almond or coconut milk
salt to taste if desired
plain, unsweetened coconut yogurt to garnish

1. Heat 1 tsp coconut oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Cook 4-6 minutes until onions are soft.

2. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix on high until smooth.

3. If you have a high a blender that makes soups such as a Vitamix you can finish the soup in the blender. If not, return soup to large sauce pan and simmer for 20 minutes to combine flavors.

4. Serve with a garnish of coconut yogurt or pumpkin seeds.

Serves 7
Serving size: 1 cup

Calories: 51
Fat: 2 g
Carb: 9 g
Protein: 2 g

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